Published August 10, 2006

The future’s bright for Tangerine as it acquires B

Burton’s manufactures a wide range of gums, jellies, liquorice, and paste products under the Burton’s and Henry Goode brand names as well as for private label. Also based in Blackpool it has annual sales of £14 million. The deal will consolidate Tangerine’s position as the UK’s largest independent private label sugar confectionery manufacturer and increase its turnover from around £45 million to nearly £60 million.

Tangerine Confectionery, then named Toms Confectionery, was backed in a management buy-in by Close Growth Capital in January this year, transferring ownership of the business away from Toms Gruppen of Denmark. In addition to its strong private label business, it owns a number of its own brands, including the leading marshmallow brand, Princess. The company is also the sole UK distributor of the Anthon Berg range of chocolate liqueurs and OZONE mints.

Tangerine chairman Steven Joseph said: “This is fantastic news for Tangerine, and confirms our position as the leading supplier of sugar confectionery.”

He added: “The acquisition of the confectionery division of Burton’s Foods is a great opportunity for Tangerine. The products and expertise are an excellent fit with our business and development plans.”

Garrett Curran at Close Growth Capital said,

“This acquisition underlines how Tangerine continues to go from strength to strength. There are excellent synergies between the two businesses and the deal will both consolidate Tangerine’s existing range and allow the company to move into new product areas. Tangerine are investing in an efficient manufacturing facility which will both boost capacity and help deliver further growth.”